One of the world’s most recognizable Fender Jazz basses has to be Geddy Lee’s famous black ’72 Jazz Bass, purchased circa 1977 from a pawnshop in Kalamazoo, Mich. Lee bought it as is, with no original case, for $200.
Lee first used it for a couple songs on enormously successful 1981 Rush album Moving Pictures. At the sessions for that album, he used the Jazz Bass to record “Vital Signs,” “Witch Hunt,” and two of Rush’s biggest and most enduringly popular hits, classic rock staples “Limelight” and “Tom Sawyer” (the bass also appeared in the “Limelight” and Vital Signs” videos).
After that, Lee used the Jazz only sparingly on various Rush tracks throughout the rest of the ’80s and into the early 1990s. When it came time to record 1993’s Counterparts, however, engineer Kevin “the Caveman” Shirley insisted that Lee return to the black Jazz Bass rather than use the more contemporary basses of the era that Lee had experimented with. Lee fell in love with his Jazz Bass’s tone and feel all over again; this time for good—ever since, he’s played it full-time as his number-one bass on all Rush albums and tours. For Lee, it remains the benchmark against which all other basses are judged.
Lee’s beloved Jazz Bass is now on its third neck, crafted in the Fender Custom Shop and featuring white binding and pearl inlays (as opposed to the original black), and the original tuners, bushings and string tree. When the neck was replaced, Lee opted for an oil finish on the back (instead of poly) because it’s smoother and faster (and indeed all his touring basses are now set up that way).
Now, the Custom Shop has meticulously replicated every detail in neck shape, wiring, pickups and more in creating the Limited Edition Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, including the wear and tear of nearly 35 years of touring.
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|Model Name:||Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass®, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|Body Material:||Select Alder|
|Body Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||Custom "C"|
|Neck Binding:||1-Ply White|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Mother-of-Pearl Block|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom '75 Hand-Wound Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom '75 Hand-Wound Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Bridge:||Leo Quan Badass® II|
|Tuning Machines:||Vintage-Style Locking|
|Unique Features:||White Fingerboard Binding with White Pearloid Block Position Markers, Bone Nut, Limited Edition Engraved 4-Bolt “F” Neck Plate, ‘70s Jazz Bass® Headstock Perimeter, Bridge Pickup in Mid ‘70s Location 1/4” Closer to the Bridge, Modified Jazz Bass® Wiring using a .022uF Capacitor Instead of a Traditional .05uF, Dunlop® Dual Design Straplock on Upper Horn, Dunlop® Original Straplock on Bottom, 3 Large Jazz Bass® Knobs|
|Included Accessories:||Strap, Cable, Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity, Case|
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